Before making the migration decision, Grant took his family to Adelaide for a visit. When they arrived, they were very pleasantly surprised. They found a mid-sized city that was clean, vibrant, arty, very cultural and much more cosmopolitan and ‘happening’ than they ever imagined.
Miles of the finest white beaches, hundreds of festivals, rolling hills and vineyards, all make our new home an experience to explore. We also loved the city and all of its great restaurants.
Most importantly, Grant’s family realised that Adelaide was a great place to call home.
Coming from Johannesburg, South Africa, Adelaide is heaven on earth for my family. Johannesburg is vibrant and has its attractions, but safety is always a concern
As migrants, Grant’s family has never been more active socially. Australia is a sports-mad country and having a young son who plays Aussie Rules Football and soccer, Grant’s family was immediately involved in helping to organise events. Within a few months of his arrival, Grant found himself umpiring an Aussie Rules match despite having no previous experience. It’s a good thing Australians are a forgiving bunch!
There is always something happening in our local suburb and in Adelaide, in general. We are involved in a wide variety of activities, hobbies, sports and cultural things that we simply wouldn’t have had the time or the inclination to pursue in Johannesburg.
Grant is the member of South African Business Network, a strong business network of South African professionals in Adelaide; a Co-Chair of the Migration and Population committee of the Committee for Adelaide; the Chair (2015) of the Scottish Business Network (South Australia); member of the board of the Grand Lodge of South Australia and Northern Territory. Grant has never been busier and more fulfilled in his professional and social life.
Grant has also developed an initiative to encourage business migration to Adelaide. He believes that South Australia has a great economic future and has established a small business, Investment Connect, which supports business migration to South Australia with the help of a migration agent.
Grant has established a strong network in Adelaide, which he credits to Adelaide’s warmth, hospitality and highly sociable lifestyle. In 2016, Grant has established his own Public Relations firm in 2016, Grant Law Public Relations, in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.
I have never been busier and more fulfilled in my professional and social life. In Johannesburg, all I had time for was my job and worrying about the safety of loved ones. I sat in traffic for at least three hours every day, got home late every night and often had to work after hours. In Adelaide, I seem to have time for so many other things.
South Australia is well placed to welcome new migrants from South Africa with its low cost of living, commitment to building a resilient, diverse and productive economy based on a highly skilled and innovative workforce across a wide variety of industry sectors.